Roughrider Roundup – January 15, 2023

Happy New Year, fellow Republicans!

Before that new-socks feeling wears off I want to introduce myself and take a quick look at why 2024 is a great year to be a Republican.

Districts are busy holding their Conventions to Elect Delegates, so if you are wondering how to get involved, this is a great way to start. There are two steps. First, many districts require that you renew your membership with the NDGOP and/or your district. Second, check the calendar at to find out when your district convention is scheduled.

Your membership supports the work we do at headquarters to advance our shared values and principles. As a member, you will receive members-only updates. (Keep an eye out for details about member clubs you can join to get into fun, private events with dignitaries.)

You will be hearing more about the Presidential Caucus (March 4) and GOP State Convention (April 5-6) as they draw nearer. If you want to influence the direction of our nation for the better, now is the time to make your voice heard.

Finally, I am your new NDGOP Executive Director. Originally from Harvey, I worked as a farm hand and nurse aide, graduated from NDSU, and served as legislative staff for Sens. Hoeven and Cramer on Capitol Hill. I am thrilled to serve you as we renew our commitment to Republican principles to build a stronger, more prosperous future.

Yours for liberty,

Andrew Nyhus
Executive Director
North Dakota Republican Party

North Dakota

ND Republicans to hold state convention in Fargo

Minot Daily News

“With the upcoming Presidential election, this could easily be one of our largest conventions ever,” said Party Chair Sandra Sanford. The two-day event will include the Governor’s Dinner, Chairwoman’s Prayer Breakfast and an opening night party. Former Arkansas governor and past presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is the keynote speaker and will present on Saturday afternoon.

US Soldier Still In Coma After Christmas-Day Drone Attack Left Shrapnel Lodged In His Brain

Daily Caller

The Illerbrunns were involved in community service at their home in Pinehurst, North Dakota. “Their service, from our knowledge, is their true team effort to volunteer in our community,” Young said. North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum thanked Illerbrunn’s father, Brad, for the warrant officer and North Dakota native’s service in a Dec. 27 statement on social media.

Burgum welcomes new record population estimate for North Dakota

Emmons County Record

Gov. Doug Burgum announced a record high population estimate for North Dakota this year, with the U.S. Census Bureau showing the state’s population reached a new all-time high of 783,926 residents as of July 1, 2023, according to a news release from his office.

Interest strong in new North Dakota property tax credit

Grand Forks Herald

The state began accepting applications this week. State Tax Commissioner Brian Kroshus said his office had already received over 10,000 applications by Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 2.

Minot Air Force Base schools to receive Purple Star Award

Minot Daily News

Two elementary schools and one middle school on Minot Air Force Base will be presented Tuesday with the Purple Star Award, which recognizes their efforts to assist military families. State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler will present the awards to North Plains Elementary School, Dakota Elementary School and Memorial Middle School administrators[.]

Williston Basin School Superintendent discusses open positions, student-teacher progress


Faidley says they have three student teachers and two long-term substitutes who will be hired soon after getting their education degrees and teaching licenses thanks to an executive order from Gov. Doug Burgum.

Ice escapades: Dakotas deal with ice, power outtages after Christmas

Tri-State Livestock News

Doug Goehring (North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner since 2009) is a third-generation farmer from Menoken.  He says the ice storm was much different than just snow, wind and cold temperatures.  “This storm chilled you to the bone, and ice buildup on power lines created power outages.  Livestock producers who had animals to water usually have generators; they just hook up a small generator to run the well and a few essentials around the place,” he said.

Agreement would give startup funds to MPO

Minot Daily News

The Central Dakota Metropolitan Planning Organization was formally authorized by North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum on Nov. 23, making the MPO an official organization. The organization is expected to be able to receive federal funding in a few months, but in the meantime, the NDDOT is making $92,742 in federal dollars available through the State Planning and Research account to match $23,186 in city funds to support the MPO’s startup costs.

Dickinson State University to Host Governor Burgum’s State of the State Address

The Dickinson Press

Governor Doug Burgum will deliver his 2024 State of the State Address at the Dorothy Stickney Auditorium in Dickinson State University (DSU). This event draws statewide attention and reflects actions taken during Burgum’s administration, including legislative efforts in education, investments in child care, workforce, infrastructure and increased support for law enforcement and the military.

Bank of North Dakota loans replenish cattle herds

The Jamestown Sun

The Bank of North Dakota (BND) reports that approximately 16,000 head of cattle were replenished in the state with the assistance of the Livestock Rebuilders Loan Program in 2022 and 2023…The Industrial Commission, consisting of Gov. Doug Burgum as chairman , Attorney General Drew Wrigley, and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, oversees BND.

Jepson Named 2024 Weed Control Partner

Morning Ag Clips

“Travis helped develop and worked with the Dickinson City Weed Board to implement an effective program,” Goehring said. “He is very involved with his program and makes sure it positively impacts landowners in his county.”

Washington DC

We can save North Dakota’s wild horses

The Washington Post

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum (R) has offered to contribute state resources to allow the horses to stay. Sen. John Hoeven (R) added language to the National Park Service’s funding bill urging the park to let the horses to remain. Chasing Wild Horses is hopeful that Hoeven will sponsor much-needed federal legislation to protect Theodore Roosevelt National Park’s horses.

Devils Lake hospital looking to start emergency room upgrades; city looks forward to future improvements

The Dickinson Press

CommonSpirit made an agreement with Hoeven in late November during a roundtable meeting that it would “provide the community with an investment plan for hospital facilities in the Lake Region,” according to Hoeven’s office. Halvorson said Hoeven is expected to come back to Devils Lake around February and March to speak with CommonSpirit and the public to discuss a long-term plan.

Border dispute could force partial government shutdown

The Washington Post

“I would prefer the Senate Democrats found enlightenment and said, ‘H.R. 2 is what we want to do.’ Turns out I live in the real world and that’s not going to happen,” Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.) said. “But if we can get a substantial win on the border, I think it is one of those rare cases where it actually really helps the country and helps us politically.”

USPS pledges mail improvements to senator

Minot Daily News

In response to Hoeven, the USPS notified the senator in December that it would repair the cluster box units and is committed to ensuring local newspapers are not sent to Fargo for processing but remain within their respective communities.

Fargo National Cemetery expands seven-fold, with burial space to serve generations of veterans

Grand Forks Herald

“We’re working to provide the best federal veterans cemetery, matching the quality we’ve built our state-run veterans cemetery, and this 30-acre expansion is a key part of these efforts,” Hoeven said in a statement. “We appreciate the landowners and Under Secretary Quinn for working to make this land transfer a reality, as it will provide needed space for veterans in the Red River Valley and the surrounding region to be laid to rest with honor, now and far into the future.”

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